Monday, November 26, 2012
Book Review: The Torn Wing (The Faerie Ring #2) by Kiki Hamilton
By: Kiki Hamilton
Published by: self/Fair Wind Books
Released on: October 2nd, 2012
Source: book from author to review
Series: The Faerie Ring #2
5 Stars: I Loved It
A bloody escape, a deadly threat, a shocking revelation…
As the pickpocket who stole the Queen's ring - only to find the ring was a reservoir that held a truce between the world of Faerie and the British Court - Tiki's greatest fear suddenly becomes all too real: the fey have returned to London seeking revenge. As war escalates in the Otherworld, Queen Victoria's youngest son, Prince Leopold, is attacked. In order to protect her family and the ones she loves, she needs to know the meaning of an fáinne sí, the birthmark that winds around her wrist. But will Tiki be brave enough to face the truth? -quoted from Goodreads
My historical fantasy kick continues with Kiki Hamilton's superb sequel, The Torn Wing. Picking up right where The Faerie Ring left off, Kiki has once again treated me to a story who's world is full of lore, and is rich in history and myths. There's something about this world she's created that I have completely fallen in love with. Her ability to mix in some of London's royal history with that of the fey world, and some Irish lore not only fascinates me, but it's one of the things I've totally fallen in love with this series. Her characters, plot twists, and romances don't disappoint either.
The Torn Wing provides readers with plenty of drama, a lot more action, suspense and an impending war that's about to be unleashed on both the human and fey world. Among all this chaos is Tiki's quest for answers in finding out more about her royal heritage and the possibility that she might be the key in stopping all the madness. Tiki is a character I already loved, but I grew to admire her even more so in this story. I felt like she developed and grew in a way that was most fitting for her given all that has happening around, and what she's had to over come. I loved her steely determination to keep her family safe, and the fact that she took the time to think things through before taking action. I also loved that she's a character who doesn't see how beautiful she is. She's someone who has this inner beauty that compliments her outer beauty perfectly.
As much as I love the slow burning romance that continues to grow between her and Rieker, it also drove me mad (in a good way). It's one of those sigh worthy romances you enjoy reading about, but it leaves you wanting so much more from it at the same time. Really I just want to push the two of them into a room, and tell them to hurry up and declare their love for one another, make out, and get engaged before something bad happens to one of them (if it does, which I hope it doesn't). Oh Rieker. I don't think I really need to explain all the reasons why I love him, though this time around I am a bit curious about what he's hiding..... if anything. I think there's something he's not being completely open about with Tiki, and I'm really curious to find out what that good be.
This sequel is enchanting, exciting and oh so good! I loved it! I loved everything about this book. I felt like Kiki Hamilton did a fabulous job at upping the stakes in this book. The set up for twists, betrayals and getting to meet new characters was brilliantly done in this storyline. I loved what the new characters in this book brought to the story. With everything that's going on, Kiki managed to keep her storyline perfectly paced, while at the same time making it difficult for me to figured out everything that was happen. Normally with a sequel it's easier for me to figure out the twists before they happen, but this time around it was a pleasant surprise not to be able to do so. I was blown away with Kiki's debut, but this book was a WOW one for me. I can't wait to read The Seven Year King!
If you're a fan of Victorian London, historical fantasy, fairy tales and of well written books, then I highly recommend picking up The Torn Wing!